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Optimal Care Management in a Changing Regulatory Environment

Presented by Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, ACEEAA, CHC, RAC-CT

Optimal Care Management in a Changing Regulatory Environment

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Video Runtime: 82 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 40 Minutes

Most physical therapists and physical therapist assistants don't go to physical therapy (PT) programs to learn about payment models and regulatory issues. In fact, a therapist's understanding of how PT services are paid for is often seen as less important than obtaining knowledge in specific areas of clinical care. Unfortunately, rules and regulations are constantly moving targets that quickly become out-of-date, which makes it challenging to stay abreast of these important issues. No matter how long they have been practicing or what setting they work in, clinicians have a responsibility to maintain compliance with the rules and to advocate for appropriate care for their patients. This course will address the bigger picture so clinicians can clearly understand the context of payment systems in order to design appropriate plans of care, demonstrate compliance and integrity in clinical practice, and identify resources for accurate information to guide practice.

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Hospice and Palliative Care: A Primer

Presented by Rich Briggs, PT, MA

Hospice and Palliative Care: A Primer

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Video Runtime: 83 Minutes; Learning Assessment Runtime: 50 Minutes

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Physical, occupational, and speech therapy are in their essence palliative, in that function and quality of life are maximized, rather than disease or disability cured. It is important to understand all aspects of the new hospice and palliative care niche to develop a successful and rewarding clinical practice. This course begins with the history and development of current methods, identification of philosophy, goals, organizational structure, and financial issues of the Medicare Hospice Benefit, the primary payer that mandates such care. The unique and essential roles of rehabilitative therapies are outlined, addressing practice patterns, team roles, equipment, and referral management. The course concludes with a review of cost neutral strategies for hospice therapy program development and optimal organizational success.

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An Overview of Critical Areas in Home Health

Presented by Diana (Dee) Kornetti, PT, MA, HCS-D, HCS-C and Cindy Krafft, PT, MS, HCS-O

An Overview of Critical Areas in Home Health

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Video Runtime: 59 Minutes; Learning Assessment Runtime: 40 Minutes

What makes therapy care planning different in a home-based model? At face value it may seem that the delivery of therapy is fundamentally the same across all settings but being in a person's home presents unique challenges and opportunities to maximize impact of functional ability. This course will set the stage for home based care by comparing and contrasting regulatory, care coordination and documentation expectations to facility based care.

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Clinical Management of the Older Adult with Osteoporosis

Presented by Kathryn Brewer, PT, DPT, MEd, Geriatric Clinical Specialist Emeritus

Clinical Management of the Older Adult with Osteoporosis

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Fifty-four million Americans are living with, or at risk of, osteoporosis and low bone mass, resulting in two million fractures every year. This course, the first in a three-part series presented by Dr. Kathryn Brewer, focuses on the clinical management of the older adult with osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is defined as a skeletal disorder characterized by compromised bone strength leading to an increased risk of fracture. This definition emphasizes the role of bone strength as a key to understanding fracture risk; one in two women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis related fracture in their lifetime. Physical therapists have a vital role in contributing to patient education and intervention both before and after fracture to improve posture, core and spinal extension strength, balance/coordination, and muscle strength, ultimately reducing fall risk and risk for fracture.

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Impaired Muscle Performance and Sarcopenia

Presented by Stefany Shaibi, PT, DPT, OCS, GCS

Impaired Muscle Performance and Sarcopenia

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Video Runtime: 64 Minutes; Learning Assessment Runtime: 35 Minutes

What factors impact muscle performance with aging? This course is designed to give the learner a thorough understanding of factors that can affect muscle performance during the aging process, including sarcopenia. The causes and effects of sarcopenia will be discussed, as well as a review of the current literature regarding interventions. At the end of this course, the learner will have a better understanding of impaired muscle performance and sarcopenia with regard to treating older patients.

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The Impact of Diabetes Mellitus in Geriatric Practice: Part 1

Presented by Kenneth L. Miller, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

The Impact of Diabetes Mellitus in Geriatric Practice: Part 1

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Video Runtime: 65 Minutes; Learning Assessment Runtime: 32 Minutes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 86 million U.S. adults currently have prediabetes leading to an increased risk of developing type 2 Diabetes, Stroke and Heart Disease. Type 2 diabetes is considered a preventable disease since contributing factors can be lack of physical activity, obesity, and socioeconomic factors which are all mostly modifiable. Physical Therapists working with the geriatric population must be knowledgeable of the disease process of diabetes, be able to instruct patients about reducing risk factors, and provide exercise prescription. Physical therapists are poised to provide preventative care to patients with diabetes. This course will provide the practicing geriatric physical therapist with the tools to address health behavior change and increase physical activity for patients with risk factors for developing diabetes.

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The Impact of Aging on Functional Mobility and Gait: Introduction

Presented by Julie Ries, PT, PhD

The Impact of Aging on Functional Mobility and Gait: Introduction

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Video Runtime: 73 Minutes; Learning Assessment Runtime: 38 Minutes

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The motor task of walking is ultimately a product of the characteristics of the individual, the environment in which one is immersed, and the task(s) performed while walking. As physical therapists we must be mindful of all components and strategically integrate appropriate challenges when targeting gait interventions. This course is designed to present the predictable set of age related changes of temporal & spatial gait characteristics and review the environmental & task demands of community ambulation. The value of collecting gait speed data, and its relationship to health, function, and mortality are emphasized.

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Preventing Falls by Reducing Risk

Presented by Mariana Wingood, PT, DPT, PhD, MPH, GCS, CEEAA

Preventing Falls by Reducing Risk

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Video Runtime: 88 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 68 Minutes

Once an older adult is identified as being at risk of falling, physical therapists must develop and prioritize a problem list, set meaningful and measurable goals, identify appropriate interventions, provide appropriately dosed interventions, assess the interventions' outcomes, and make plans for discharge. This course will consider each of these factors, with an emphasis on evidence-based interventions, so that physical therapists can reduce an older adult's risk of falling effectively. This final course in our two-course series completes the triad of (1) understanding the neurophysiology of postural control and the age-related and disease-related factors that may compromise efficacy of balance systems, (2) determining an older person's individualized risk of falling, using both screening and multifactorial risk assessment strategies, and (3) developing evidence-based interventions that will reduce that risk.

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The GCS Prep Program is based on practice areas in alignment with the Geriatric Description of Specialty Practice (DSP). Over 300 test questions are mapped to the DSP so participants can track their strengths and weaknesses to prepare for the exam.

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Practice Exam

Case Excerpt:

Your patient is a 68-year-old, active postmenopausal woman with no history of fracture or other joint disease. She has positive family history for osteoporosis; her mother had a hip fracture and her older sister recently had a vertebral compression fracture. She is osteopenic, has adequate calcium and Vitamin D intake, and wishes to avoid the progression of her condition and use of medications. She walks two miles per day and takes a Zumba class twice weekly. Your exercise and physical activity recommendations will be based on this information.


Principles of bone adaptation applied to older adults with osteoporosis include:
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The correct answer is "When strain is consistently high, formation exceeds resorption; therefore mass and strength are increased."

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Meet Our Instructors

Kathryn Brewer, PT, DPT, MEd, Geriatric Clinical Specialist Emeritus

Dr. Brewer graduated with her degree in physical therapy from The Ohio State University and received her Master of Education degree from the University of Cincinnati. Her doctorate degree is from Temple University. She has been certified as a geriatric specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists since 1994. Dr. Brewer currently practices at Mayo Clinic as the therapy clinical education specialist and faculty for the PT Geriatric Residency program. She holds academic rank as assistant professor in the Mayo College of Medicine and is a senior fellow in the Academy of Educational Excellence. She was awarded the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Allied Health Educator of the Year award in 2015. Dr. Brewer is a dedicated clinician and educator with more than 40 years of experience in a variety of settings, including acute care, outpatient care, home care, long-term care/SNF, and public health programs with an emphasis on geriatric care, education, and administration. She frequently writes and presents on these topics in local, state, and national PT and community educational programs. She actively participates in professional initiatives that affect practice, awareness, advocacy, and service delivery of care to patients and clients. Her areas of clinical expertise include osteoporosis, fall prevention, health promotion, functional assessment, and chronic disease management/wellness in older adults. Connect with Kathryn on LinkedIn

Diana (Dee) Kornetti, PT, MA, HCS-D, HCS-C

Diana (Dee) Kornetti, a physical therapist for 30 years, is a past administrator and co-owner of a Medicare-certified home health agency. Dee now provides training and education to home health industry providers through a consulting business, Kornetti & Krafft Health Care Solutions. She serves as chief operations officer with her business partners Cindy Krafft and Sherry Teague. Dee is nationally recognized as a speaker in the areas of home care and standardized tests and measures in the fields of physical therapy, therapy training, and staff development in the home health arena. Dee is the immediate past editor of The Quarterly Report, a publication of the American Physical Therapy Association's Home Health Section, as well as a member of the Home Health Section's Practice and Education committees. She currently serves as the president of the Home Health Section of the APTA and has been an active member in good standing since 1986. Dee also currently serves as the president of the Association of Home Care Coding and Compliance and is a member of the Association of Home Care Coders Advisory Board and Panel of Experts. Dee is a published researcher on the Berg Balance Scale and has coauthored the APTA's Home Health Section resources related to OASIS, goal writing, and defensible documentation for the practicing therapist. Dee has contributed chapter updates to the Handbook of Home Health Care Administration, 6th edition, and coauthored a book, The Post-Acute Care Guide to Maintenance Therapy. Dee received her BS in physical therapy from Boston University's Sargent College of Allied Health Professions and her MA from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Her clinical focus has been in the areas of gerontology and neurological disease rehabilitation.

Ron Scott, PT, JD, EdD

Dr. Scott is a health law attorney-mediator and educator. He is a faculty member at Rocky Mountain University, the University of Montana, Rehab Essentials, and MedBridge Inc. Dr. Scott's principal teaching interests include healthcare ethics, law, management, and policy. He developed two widely utilized health professional practice tools: the systems approach to ethical decision-making and the four-quadrant legal-ethical issues practice grid. Dr. Scott is the author of 13 textbooks, most recently Legal Aspects of Documenting Patient Care, 4th edition (Jones & Bartlett, 2013). Connect With Ron on Linkedin/

Wendy K. Anemaet, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS, CWS, GTC, COS-C

Dr. Wendy K. Anemaet, a physical therapist since 1989 in home health, acute care, rehabilitation, outpatient, and skilled nursing, is an associate professor at the School of Physical Therapy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Wendy received her Master's in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California and her PhD in Aging Studies from the University of South Florida. She is a Geriatric Clinical Specialist and Certified Wound Specialist, has a Geriatric Training Certificate, and serves on the editorial board of Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. She has co-authored books on home health rehabilitation and has published hundreds of articles on home health therapy in peer-reviewed and trade publications. She provides training nationally on geriatric strengthening, therapeutic exercise, wound assessment and management, and competency testing for home health physical therapists on the drug regimen review and pharmacology. Wendy has earned the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical (COS-C). Her research interests focus on exercise and older adults and clinical practice related especially to home care.

Patrice Antony, PT, CAPS

Patrice Antony, PT, CAPS, is a Florida International University graduate who has been practicing physical therapy in the central Florida area since 1981. Patrice became a Geriatric Clinical Specialist in 1992 and received the Clinical Excellence in Geriatric Practice award from the Geriatric Section of the APTA in 1996; she also received the Advocacy for the Older Adult award in 2009. She taught as an adjunct instructor in the University of Central Florida physical therapy program for four years and has done extensive lecturing around the country on various topics relating to care of the elderly. She is owner and president of Elder Advocates Inc., a care management company founded in 1998 that is designed to assist with medical decision-making to meet the needs of the frail elderly and the medically complex client. She is also a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) who serves as a medical consultant for residential universal building and remodeling.

Kenneth L. Miller, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

Dr. Kenneth Miller has been an educator, physical therapist, and consultant for the home health industry for more than 20 years and serves as a guest lecturer, adjunct teaching assistant, and adjunct professor in the DPT program at Touro College in Bay Shore, New York. He has presented at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Educational and Leadership Conference of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy and Education Section of the APTA, and the Annual Conference of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice on a variety of topics, including objective testing, professionalism, interdisciplinary team modeling, osteoporosis, differential diagnosis of dizziness, documentation, patient engagement, student program development, and home health regulations. He serves as chair of the Practice Committee of the Home Health Section (HHS) of the APTA. As the chair, he led the development of the "Providing Physical Therapy" section in the third edition of the home handbook, the Home Health Student Program Roadmap & Toolkit, and The Home Health Section Toolbox of Standardized Tests & Measures. He is a member of the editorial boards of the GeriNotes publication and of the Journal of Novel Physiotherapy and Physical Medicine, and is a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy and the Journal of Primary Care. Dr. Miller has authored numerous articles for the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, GeriNotes, and the HHS newsletter, The Quarterly Report.

Julie Ries, PT, PhD

Julie Ries is a physical therapist and professor of physical therapy at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. She has a special interest in physical therapy with older adults, particularly those with cognitive deficits such as Alzheimer's disease, and her recent research has been in the area of outcome measures and balance interventions in this population.

Stefany Shaibi, PT, DPT, OCS, GCS

Stefany Shaibi earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California. She is double board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in orthopedics and geriatrics. She is an associate clinical professor of physical therapy at Creighton University--Phoenix, where she teaches courses in musculoskeletal and orthopedic evaluation as well as geriatric care. Her current research is focused on first-generation college students in healthcare programs. Dr. Shaibi is also committed to providing physical therapy services to vulnerable populations. She volunteers her time and supervises students at the St. Vincent de Paul Medical and Dental Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.

Cynthia E. Neville, PT, DPT, WCS

Dr. Cynthia (Cindy) Neville is an assistant professor of physical therapy at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Jacksonville, Florida. She is a women's health clinical specialist (WCS), board-certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Her outpatient clinical practice at Mayo Clinic Florida primarily serves women and men with pelvic floor disorders. Dr. Neville has authored and coauthored several research articles and book chapters on pelvic health rehabilitation, pelvic pain, and urinary incontinence. She has presented her research nationally and internationally and is a recognized educator and speaker in the clinical practice area of pelvic and women's health and rehabilitation. She has developed successful pelvic and women's health rehabilitation programs at premier healthcare organizations, including the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) and Mayo Clinic Florida. At Brooks Rehabilitation in Jacksonville, Dr. Neville developed the first credentialed physical therapy women's health residency program in Florida. She has trained hundreds of physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and physicians in pelvic floor examination and rehabilitation.

Cindy Krafft, PT, MS, HCS-O

Cindy Krafft brings more than 25 years of home health expertise that started with direct patient care and evolved to operational and management issues. Cindy recognizes that providing care in the home environment is different from providing care in any other setting, which is evident in both her training and consultation activities. For the past 15 years, Cindy has been a nationally recognized educator in the areas of OASIS integration, defensible documentation, practical application of regulations, and patient focused clinical decision making. She has served in several national projects involving CMS and been an expert resource for OASIS updates. Her focus is on providing the knowledge and tools to operationalize external requirements while keeping the driver of care where it needs to be--the needs of each patient being cared for in the home setting. Cindy has been working with APTA, NAHC and CMS to clarify regulatory expectations and address proposed payment methodologies to ensure the long-term participation of therapy services in home health. She has written two books--The How-to Guide to Home Health Therapy Documentation and An Interdisciplinary Approach to Home Care--and coauthored a third, The Post-Acute Care Guide to Maintenance Therapy. More info about Cindy

Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, ACEEAA, CHC, RAC-CT

Ellen R. Strunk has worked in various roles and settings as a clinician, manager/director, and policy expert. Ellen is an expert at helping customers understand the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) prospective payment systems in the skilled nursing facility and home health settings, as well as outpatient therapy billing for all provider types. For the past 13 years, Ellen has worked with dozens of clients as principal consultant and founder of Rehab Resources and Consulting, Inc. Her experience in both the home and community aspects of the post-acute care continuum gives her a unique perspective on finding solutions while ensuring a patient-centered approach is not lost in translation. Ellen also supports organizations' post-acute care work in many areas, including provider education, measure development, and regulatory compliance. In addition to helping clients meet their operational and clinical goals, Ellen lectures nationally on the topics of regulatory compliance in the post-acute care space and coding/billing/documentation to meet medical necessity guidelines and payer regulations, as well as pharmacology for rehabilitation professionals, clinically appropriate exercise for older adults, and the importance of functional outcomes to value-based payment. Ellen is a published author, having contributed to the fourth edition of Guccione's Geriatric Physical Therapy with a chapter titled "Health Policy for Physical Therapists and Older Adults." Volunteerism and advocacy are an important part of Ellen's life. As an advocate for issues to advance the care of the older adult, she has served on a number of CMS technical expert panels, served as co-project lead on obtaining National Quality Forum endorsement of a functional outcome measure, and personally advocated to Congress and CMS on a number of policies affecting physical therapy. Ellen is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), having served on the Payment Policy and Advocacy Committee, where she advanced the agenda of physical therapy in post-acute care. As a longtime member of the APTA Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, the APTA Home Health Section, and the APTA Health Policy and Administration Sections, she has served in senior leadership positions as well as authored multiple articles and educational tools for the sections. She serves on a state level as the practice and reimbursement chair for the Alabama Physical Therapy Association. She is a member of the American Health Care Association (AHCA), the National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies (NARA), and the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL).

Jennifer Bottomley, PT, MS, PhD

Jennifer M. Bottomley, PT, MS, PhD, embodies the characteristics of leadership, having worked on committees and task forces and behind the scenes to advance the goals and vision of the profession of physical therapy for 40 years. Bottomley is an independent geriatric rehabilitation program consultant, advisor, and educator. Previously, she held clinical roles at Sunspectrum of Concord's Outpatient Division of Sundance Rehabilitation, Hillhaven Corporation, and Cushing Hospital. She has been a faculty member at Harvard Medical School's Division on Aging and MGH Institute of Health Professions, and has been associated with University Hospital of Boston and Henry Ford Hospital. She holds a PhD in Health Sciences from Union Institute of Cincinnati, PhD in Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts, MS from MGH Institute of Health Professions, and BS from the University of Wisconsin. Bottomley's colleagues report that she employs the qualities of listening, awareness, persuasion, and foresight when advocating for APTA to develop the governance department; she played a vital role in the conceptualization of the department itself. In addition, she had the foresight to advocate for APTA to recognize the importance of the profession in Medicare law and regulations. Because of her efforts, APTA made lobbying from the geriatric perspective a priority. Bottomley participates in Lobby Day at the State House, has served as a key contact for the Massachusetts Chapter, and is a key contact for APTA's Department of Government Affairs as well. As a clinician, she has long recognized the importance and value of providing pro bono services and is active in elder homeless initiatives, including incorporating student physical therapists into the provision of pro bono services, a first for the state of Massachusetts. A member of APTA since 1971, Bottomley has been involved with the Wisconsin, Michigan, and Massachusetts chapters, and has been active in the Section on Geriatrics since 1986, including as president and vice president. Within her community, she volunteers with free screening for the elderly in low-income housing projects. She has been honored with numerous awards, including the Mary MacDonald Distinguished Service Award, the Section on Geratrics' Service Award, APTA's Recognition & Appreciation Award, the Maley Lectureship, and the Rich Kessler Memorial Award from the Massachusetts Chapter.

Karen Mueller, PhD, DPT, PT, NBC-HWC

Karen Mueller, PhD, DPT, PT, NBC-HWC, is a clinical professor and professor emerita in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. She also holds certifications as a Professional Health and Well-Being Coach (Wellcoaches) and a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach. As a physical therapist for 44 years and an academician for 36, Karen has focused her career largely on the development and presentation of content related to communication, professionalism (she served on the APTA Professionalism Task Force), and factors supporting health and well-being. She is the author of Communication from the Inside Out: Strategies for the Engaged Professionals. Karen has published and presented extensively on these topics.

Rich Briggs, PT, MA

Richard Briggs PT, MA has a clinical practice specializing in palliative care and hospice for the past 30 years. He has taught at the APTA National Conference and Combined Sections Meeting, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) Clinical and Management Conferences, the California Hospice Foundation, and is Adjunct Faculty at California State University, Sacramento. His articles have been published in Rehabilitation Oncology, Home Health Section Quarterly, NHPCO Insights and Complementary Therapies Handbook, Geriatric Physical Therapy 3rd Edition, and Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. He has served as chair of the NHPCO Allied Therapist Section and founded the APTA Hospice and Palliative Care SIG.

Kay Wing, PT, DPT, NCS

Kay Wing, PT, DPT, NCS, is the owner of Southwest Advanced Neurological Rehabilitation (SWAN Rehab), an outpatient rehabilitation facility specializing in the treatment of stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological diseases. She received her physical therapy degree at Northwestern University and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University. She is a board-certified specialist in neurological physical therapy. Dr. Wing has taught courses in neurological rehabilitation and mobility training and has instructed PNF workshops throughout the United States and internationally for many years. Dr. Wing has collaborated with A.T. Still University, Northern Arizona University, and Arizona State University in clinical research to incorporate research into clinical practice and is an adjunct faculty member at Northern Arizona University and A.T. Still University. Dr. Wing is the recipient of the Section on Administration Outstanding Service Award, the Arizona Physical Therapy Association Outstanding Physical Therapist of the Year award, the Neurology Section Award for Clinical Excellence in Neurology, and the Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall Practice Award. She was also a finalist for the 2016 Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Athena award.

Jennifer Ryan, PT, DPT, MS, CCS

Jennifer Marie Ryan, PT, DPT, MS, CCS, graduated from the Physical Therapy program at the University of Illinois in 1990 and went on to complete both a Master of Science in Physical Therapy and a Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. In July 2006, she was awarded board certification as a Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. In 2012 she was awarded the Mary Sinnott Award for Excellence in Acute Care and she was awarded the Acute Care Section Lecture for 2014. Throughout her physical therapy career, she has specialized in physical therapy care for critically ill patients. In her current position at the University of Chicago Medical Center she mentors staff and students about management of acutely ill patients along with her patient care. Her teaching in the area of cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy includes several continuing education seminars, and as a contract faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She serves as: a delegate from the Illinois Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Education Chair for the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of APTA, and as a member of the Subject Matters Expert Task Force of the Acute Care Section of APTA. She founded Rehab Education Formula, an online resource for therapist-focused education.

Anna L. Schwartz, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN

Anna L. Schwartz, PhD, FNP, FAAN is a world-renowned pioneer in cancer and physical activity. She is a board certified family nurse practitioner with specialization in oncology and is a member of the American Academy of Nursing. She co-chaired the American College of Sports Medicine's roundtable to develop exercise guidelines for cancer survivors and is a member of the American Cancer Society Nutrition and Physical Activity board. Schwartz is the author of four books and over a hundred scholarly articles on physical activity for cancer survivors. Anna's research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Oncology Nursing Foundation, and industry. Anna has received numerous awards from national organizations, including the 2012 Rose Mary Carol Johnson Oncology Nursing Society award for writing. She is the author of Cancer Fitness: Exercise Programs for Patients and Survivors (Simon & Schuster, 2004). Her new book, Okie the Wonder Dog (Sunstone Press, 2016), blends her passion for physical activity and living a healthy lifestyle with her knack for telling stories from her animal's perspective. Her website, annaschwartzphd.com, has links to articles, educational information and more.

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